When Chris and Matt conceived of Line of Advance, they sought to find the next Mailer or Hemingway. But perhaps a better antecedent writer for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is Joseph Conrad.
Joseph Conrad wrote his best known works a century before 9/11, including Heart of Darkness (1899), Lord Jim (1900), and The Secret Agent (1907). Yet his work was eerily prescient of both the dynamics of modern globalization and the conflicts therein. Earlier this fall, I attended a lecture exploring this insight by Maya Jasanoff, professor in Harvard University’s History Department specializing in modern and imperial British history. Continue reading